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September 23, 2016

As solar cells produce a greater proportion of total electric power, a fundamental limitation remains: the dark of night when solar cells go to sleep. Lithium-ion batteries, the commonplace batteries used in everything from hybrid vehicles to laptop computers, are too expensive a solution to use on something as massive as the electric grid.

September 19, 2016

Research is often an empowering experience for undergraduates, but for six students who spent the summer of 2016 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, their efforts generated results that could also help bring power to people around the world.

September 16, 2016

A car mechanic would have a hard time building a car if he or she didn’t know anything about the car’s parts. The same holds true for scientists who want to design or program proteins and microbes. They must first understand the structure, complexity, and interactions of the system they are interested in.

Tricia Andrew Marianne Fairbanks

September 14, 2016

For years, fabric designer Marianne Fairbanks made solar-charged handbags. Her company, Noon Solar, was geared toward the high-end, urban-based fashion market and, at its peak, was selling in 30 stores in the United States and Canada.

September 07, 2016

An energy research project on Milwaukee's north side will seek to boost Wisconsin's energy and power cluster while giving businesses another reason to consider relocating to the former home of Tower Automotive and Eaton's technology center.

wearable solar

August 10, 2016

Imagine a smartwatch that's powered by the sun rather than a lithium-ion battery. Or a contact lens that taps solar energy to adjust its focus automatically to help you see better.

These are two potential outcomes of new solar research conducted by a team in the engineering school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

August 09, 2016

Using a unique combination of advanced computational methods, University of Wisconsin–Madison chemical engineers have demystified some of the complex catalytic chemistry in fuel cells — an advance that brings cost-effective fuel cells closer to reality.

Air Quality

August 05, 2016

NASA’s Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team this past week tapped Tracey Holloway, a professor in the University of Wisconsin—Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, to lead the multi-institutional effort to help make environmental satellite data more accessible and useful.

August 03, 2016

University of Wisconsin—Madison engineers have created high-performance, micro-scale solar cells that outshine comparable devices in key performance measures. The miniature solar panels could power myriad personal devices — wearable medical sensors, smartwatches, even autofocusing contact lenses.

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